Top 15 Must-See and Must-Do Things in Paris!!!

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Ah, Paris, Paris, Paris!!! La vie en rose … Chabada bada … Such a beautiful city but so much to see! So where to start? Here are my top 15!

1) The Eiffel Tower or as my son used to call it The “Awful” Tower is a must-see!

2) Le Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre with its lovely intricate back streets and its painters. Not really authentic but fun and beautiful nonetheless!

3) For the Romantics: Le Pont des Arts

Le pont des arts

Le pont des arts

4) L’Arc de Triomphe and its crazy mad roundabout: 12 main avenues radiate from this star after which the arc is named.

5) Le Centre Georges Pompidou, both a modern and contemporary art gallery and a cultural hub, its amazing structure attracts over 6 million visitors every year!!

Centre George Pompidou

Centre George Pompidou

6) Notre-Dame de Paris: one of the most popular attractions in Paris but so worth it!!

7) The Moulin Rouge or the Lido or the more intimate Crazy Horse!

The Crazy Horse

The Crazy Horse

8) Ride a Bateau-Mouche on the Seine to see many of Paris’s beautiful bridges. You can even book a Bateau-Mouche including a meal, champagne and music!

9) The Musée d’Orsay located in a magnificent former old Beaux Arts railway station displaying the world’s largest collection of impressionist paintings.

10) Enjoy Paris parks such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg near Saint-Germain-des-Prés and second largest park in Paris, where you can bask in a lounge chair while Parisian children play with their sailboats in the fountains: how quaint!!

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

11) A stroll in Le Marais with its fabulous Hôtels Particuliers, quaint museums, great restaurants, cafés and Boutiques, located in the historic 3rd and 4th arrondissements.

Le Marais

Le Marais

12) Shop on the Grands Boulevards and check the famous Galeries Lafayettes with its beautiful front windows decorations and AMAZING Christmas tree not to be missed!

Galerie Lafayettes

Galerie Lafayettes

Galeries Lafayettes' Amazing Christmas Tree!

Galeries Lafayettes’ Amazing Christmas Tree!

13) Visit the hidden gem of the Jardin des Tuileries and my old time favorite, le musée de l’Orangerie, where you can discover two amazing collections: Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (The Nympheas) and the Walter-Guillaume collection (post-impressionist).

14) The Palais-Garnier Opera

15) Les Catacombes: The spooky underground ossaries which are believed to hold the remains of over six million people!

Les Catacombes

Les Catacombes

I hope that you enjoy your French trip and please please please, leave us some comments if you have visited any of those places!!

French Phrasebook, Assimil

My latest baby is out!

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My latest book was published in February 2013 and is available on the Assimil website http://fr.assimil.com/methodes/3809#

I have had great fun working on this book with Assimil and I really hope that it will help people with their French needs when travelling to France or any other French-speaking country.

It is 160 pages and is divided in 4 sections.

The “Introduction”, which tells you how to use the book, gives you a few facts & figures about France as well as a bit of history, and explains a few aspects of the French language.

The “Getting started” section, with 21 lessons to read 21 days before you travel to France, 1 each day. Each lesson comprises of a dialogue, including translation and pronunciation; some easy-to-understand grammatical notes; and one exercise to practise what you have just learnt. The book comes with a free MP3 sample so that you can also listen to the dialogues.

A “Conversing” section, which covers all the vocabulary that you may need along with some interesting cultural facts.

And lastly, an “Index” to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

You will also find on the covers some handy tables for numbers, pronunciation, space and time, asking questions,  useful words and expressions.

It is small and light, and easy to carry around. And very affordable!

Please feel free to leave comments on the book below. I really hope that you enjoy the book and that you find it very helpful during your travels!!

Bon voyage!